Big rig crash causes can affect claims for compensation

Big rig crash causes can affect claims for compensation

The cause of a semi-truck accident is one of the most important aspects of a claim for compensation. While it is a common train of thought that truck accidents are always caused by the trucker, that isn’t the case. There are several other causes of truck accidents that have to be considered if you are planning on seeking compensation.

Potential causes of truck accidents

Improperly secured loads can lead to big rig accidents if the load shifts and causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Accidents can also occur if part of the load becomes unattached and hits another vehicle or slams into the cab of the semi-truck.

Another issue that can cause semi-truck accidents occurs when truckers are trying to meet tight or inflexible deadlines. Trucking companies sometimes promise quick deliveries, which is convenient for the customers; however, those deadlines for deliveries can lead the trucker to drive faster that what is safe. In some cases, the driver might try to drive longer than what is actually allowed.

Equipment failure can also lead to semi-truck accidents. Each system and every moving component on semi-trucks can have a problem that might lead to an accident. If a component isn’t working properly or wasn’t installed properly, it can cause the truck to become disabled or unreliable.

Trucking Accident Liability

With each of these causes, it is possible that there is at least one party other than the trucker that might be held liable for the accident. Each party that might be held liable must be listed as a defendant in your claim for compensation.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” accessed Jan. 18, 2016